Holmes Oliver Wendell

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(hōmz, hōlmz), Oliver Wendell 1809-1894.
American physician and writer. A professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard (1847-1882), he wrote humorous conversational pieces, including The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858).
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